What’s new at the Brown Library

The Lycoming County Library System’s new circulation program, Polaris, is now live. The online catalog features several new features, such as personalized notifications that can be directly texted or email to you, maintaining your personal reading list and a direct link into Overdrive e-books and audiobooks. Questions may be directed to the James V. Brown Library’s circulation staff at 570-326-0536.

“Back and Deader Than Ever,” by Lisi Harrison

The RADs are free and Draculaura (Lala) is flashing her fangs with pride. But when Daddy Drac pays her a surprise visit everything goes batty.

Mr. D. thinks RADs should have their own school, but Lala isn’t ready to give up the rights they fought so hard for. It’s father against daughter in a battle for Salem’s student body.

Despite the many challenges, Lala is determined to save Merston High. But she might die twice while trying.

“Cold Case, Hot Accomplice,” by Carla Cassidy

Bestselling author Carla Cassidy brings in the Men of Wolf Creek to seek a missing woman. Roxy Marcoli cares about three things-her restaurant, her sisters and her aunt Liz.

When Liz disappears, she’s forced to turn to shameless playboy cop Steve Kincaid.

Every time the sexy detective turns on the charm, he gets Roxy’s hackles up. Despite his reputation, Steve is no ladies’ man. His casual flirting hides the pain of an unbearable loss.

As they search for clues, he discovers what lies beneath Roxy’s prickly exterior and sharp tongue. As his desire grows, so does his fear. Because it’s not just Aunt Liz the killer wants-but Roxy, too.

“Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls and Boys Should Know About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity and More,” by Jane Fonda

Award-winning actress and fitness guru Jane Fonda presents a guide to navigating puberty, which grew out of her work with the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.

The book’s strength is its factual information on puberty, with simple line drawings accompanying clearly explained information.

Fonda presents some sensible advice for teens choosing to have sex, but it’s clear that her focus is on preventing pregnancy.

Fonda’s warmth and love for the teen community is evident, even if her language might be seen by teen readers as a little condescending.

Parents looking for an abstinence-focused book that is liberal and secular may find this a comfortable choice to hand to their children, but its overwhelming sincerity in the face of ironic teen culture and its textbook-like feel will likely not motivate them to actually read it.